A Virginia man suspected of killing an upstate New York school superintendent was taken into custody by U.S. marshals after a traffic stop in Shenandoah County Friday and later charged with second-degree murder.
Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies and U.S. marshals arrested Anthony Robert Taglianetti II, 42, during a traffic stop Friday in Woodbridge, Va., following tips that he was in nearby Prince William County.
"We had information the subject was possibly camping here in Shenandoah County," Lt. Wesley Dellinger of the county sheriff’s office told the Northern Virginia Daily in Strasburg. "He was cooperative."
Taglianetti, an ex-Marine, was wanted for the Sept. 21 shooting of Keith L. Reed Jr., 51, the superintendent of the Clymer Central School District, which is about 90 miles southwest of Buffalo, N.Y.
Reed was an acquaintance of Taglianetti’s wife, sources told NBC Washington. The media outlet reported Reed’s neighbors “said he'd spoken of a fiancee with young children who lived several hours away.”
A handgun was found in Taglianetti’s car along, with printed email exchanges between Taglianetti’s wife and Reed, the Buffalo News reported. The suspect is charged with second-degree murder, according to the newspaper.
Reed was found shot dead Monday behind his home in Clymer, a town of about 1,700 people in Chautauqua County near the New York-Pennsylvania border.
"It started out as a missing-person complaint," Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Charles Holder told the Northern Virginia Daily. "As colleagues and family were trying to locate him for several days, we were out searching, and then one of our canine dogs came upon his body at the corner of his property."
The U.S. Marshals Service is expected to hand over Taglianetti to New York authorities, NBC Washington reported.
Reed’s family learned that Taglianetti was apprehended as they were mourning the Clymer school superintendent.
"My mother especially is elated that this man was caught,” Reed’s brother, Kevin Reed, told YNN Syracuse. “"It just uplifts us a little bit to know that justice now will be kneaded out."
Kevin Reed called Taglianetti “evil” and said he hoped the murder suspect could bring closure to his family.
"When he's interviewed, we'll find out exactly what happened with my brother's murder,” he said. "You can't ask evil for a logical explanation of why it does what it does. This man is evil."